Police in Iran are reported to have taken 14 squirrels into custody - because they are suspected of spying.
The rodents were found near the Iranian border allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices, according to Sky News.
The reports have come from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
When asked to confirm the story, the national police chief said: "I have heard about it, but I do not have precise information."
The IRNA said that the squirrels were kitted out by foreign intelligence services - but were captured two weeks ago by police officers.
A Foreign Office source told Sky News: "The story is nuts."
But if true, this would not be the first time animals have been used to spy.
During the Second World War, the Allied Forces used pigeons to fly vital intelligence out of occupied France.
More recently, US marines stationed in Kuwait have used chickens as a low-tech chemical detection system.
On the heels of man-eating badgers, we have spying squirrels. It's almost enough to think that the US/British may have genetically engineered or otherwise recruited a Mr Doolittle to help them in the war on terror. Either that or maybe even the animals have turned on the towelheads. It might just be a sign that God is pissed. I mean, sure, it's not exactly one of the classic signs that the Almighty is out to get you but I'm sure an invasion of man-eating badgers and spying squirrels is on the list somewhere. It's all fun and games until you get your face gnawed off and someone steals your nuts.